EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: African leaders and the African Union Commission have condemned the recent xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa, calling for the application every immediate actions to curb the mishap.
In a statement that was provided to Eyeafrica TV, the West African nation of Ghana urged South African authorities to take necessary action that would guarantee harmonious co-existence between citizens of the rainbow nation and African residents in the country.
Africans have come out to boycott South Africa after days of looting and violence targeting foreigners in which many people died. Nigerian singers and Zambia’s football team are among those in the boycott. The country has become an entrenchment for migrants from other parts of Africa.The Ghana government called on the South African authorities to deal firmly with all the criminal elements associated with the attacks and looting of shops, and to put in place measures that guarantee the safety and security of African nationals and Ghanaians residing in South Africa.
South Africans and Nigerians are using social media to call each other out over the attacks that have been characterised by looting and violence in the major cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Police officers were seen arresting alleged looters, as protests against foreigners owning business in South Africa continued in Johannesburg, yesterday. Protesters were also seen flooding the streets, with some claiming that foreigners steal their jobs, adding that they will “kill them.”
According to reports, five people were killed in clashes with looters during the protests that took place over the weekend. Yesterday, two dozen shops, both from locals and foreigners, were burned or vandalised.